I think that you shouldn't simply recolour someone's character and call it your own, that's bad. But you can take certain features from several characters and combine them to make your own. That's how I came up with most of the characters I drew.
As others said, it's okay to an extent I think. If it's just a recolor of another character, then I don't think that's a great idea.
When looking for inspiration, those more famous artists usually draw on the personalities and features of the people they know in real life, or adapt some (not all) qualities they like in another established character. I think that's the way to go.
Don't worry. I know not to do that. I've been creating original characters since I was in elementary school you know.
Lol. I actually did make some characters based off of people I know in real life. Unfortunately one person found out so I had to recolor that one character in order to not get in trouble, lol. Ironic, huh?
it kind of reminds me of going through 3 years of mental liquidation while i was quitting sneering and then coming across a picture of anubis afterwards and seeing that his picture symbolized the 3 years i went through "he who sits upon his mountain which underscores the importance for the protection of the dead" [link]
It's normal to be inspired by other people's work but it's also pretty lame if you do it too much. It's like... I've already seen the design before. Do I really need to see it twice? Three times? 20 times? And by the time I see the 10th Aragorn clone I'm no longer thinking "cool character", I am thinking "can't any of you people steal stuff from someplace other than pop culture?"
I really like it when people go the extra creative mile and play with ideas. You can tell when someone has put the effort in to be original and I appreciate that.
Hi! *Saelicity here! (until I can get my account back) This is the response I had typed up, sorry if it's a little ranty:
Oh yes I just had a discussion on this matter. So I'm going to pull snippets from there and put it together in this response ♥ There's always the "nothing is truly original argument", but this is my response to that: "Perhaps original would mean something you created, without the knowledge of it being extremely similar to another character, and without using major traits from another character for yours, or basing it off another character, knowingly, period. Because if I didn't know who Sonic the Hedgehog was and created a blue hedgehog who ran fast and had red shoes on, it would surely still be original in my eyes." If you take a concept and use the same name, accepted personality, and appearance then you cross over the realm of Fan Character to Carbon Copy. A carbon copy is a character that is based on another character with very little changed about them, and that's no good. I agree that you can take a concept, such as a young girl with digital abilities, and add your own thing to her, that she can still be original. Make her have an outgoing and happy personality, with a love for cake and sweets. She's a bit clumsy, but does her best to protect her friends. Her name is Artemis (just pulled a name from an abandoned character of mine). Despite using the "Young girl with digital abilities" archetype, she's nothing like Kanade from Angel Beats. Hopefully above character doesn't use the same picture or appearance, but even if she did, Art's personality is so different from Kanade that it wouldn't be considered a complete carbon copy. (Though a simple appearance change will fix this!)
Inspiration is a tricky thing. When you use inspiration in your characters from an outside source, it really depends on how much you take from that. In an example... Take Hatsune Miku's sleeves. As long as you don't rip off the whole outfit and change the sleeves around, I don't see a problem with it. And your character, [link] , has wings inspired by Flandre Scarlet ([link]), right? Well, they don't look too close enough to Flandre's wings to be a "rip off" or a bad thing at all.
I have a friend who recolours pictures on another site, but she uses characters she knows nothing about as a base, and changes them up enough that when I draw them they're unrecognisable from the recolour.
I do it all the time. I even have many pieces of clothing and jewelry I have made based off of those in movies. If it's so obvious, people pick up on it then it might be more towards rip-off. If it's like an inside joke between you and your muse, just run with it.
Did I make you feel confused? o_o But answering your question... Like said, if it's a recolour, it could be bad The only character of mine that had inspiration from others is: Ninteen (Mostly the whole "blonde-pinky" thing, nearly everyone uses it ) I at least fixed that with the latest outfit I gave her So it wouldn't look generic.
While Xesirl wasn't inspired by anyone, her horns kinda look like Bowser's :I It was unintentional though Blinaqe's original design was going to make me think she looked like Pucca (black pigtails, grey ponytail) Fitorgo was kinda sorta based upon Luffy when he was going to have a boxing match with a pirate named Foxy. But then again, I didn't directly base myself over that
Depends what you want to do with them. If it's just for fun, then you can do whatever.
I think that if you did take another character's costume and recoloured it, then people will recognise it and might say you stole the design. Like if you used Disney Snow White's dress, but made it blue and pink instead and give her a hat, I would consider that a rip off. But if you designed your character a dress with similar style sleeves or something, then it would be fine.
Sounds fine to me. I often base my character's clothes off real clothes I see in shops, or on TV, or I google clothes and mix and match references. I'm not a fashion designer, so it's perfectly legit to look at other clothing designs.
The character that I'm talking about is basically a fairy of some sort, with wings inspired, but not exactly ripped off of another character. I also made her resemble another character, but I altered her outfit a little bit by giving her a jacket, a skirt, different shoes, and other stuff I changed such as the facial features, eyes and uhhh.... skin color I guess.
It's hard to explain, but now that I think about it, it's not too much of a rip-off.